Cops and courts: Officer graduates from academy with distinction

A Clovis police officer graduated Wednesday with the Distinguished Honor Graduate Award from the Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Hobbs.

Christopher Ray Lopez was hired onto the force a little less than a year ago, and went to the academy in January.

Lopez received a physical fitness excellence award for exceeding the 80th percentile of the Cooper Law Enforcement physical fitness standards. He also received the firearms award and was runner-up for the driving award.

Clovis officers Daniel Mailman and Rafael Aguilar also graduated Wednesday from six-month academy.

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Clovis Police Department Detective Roman Romero was busy Wednesday, arresting three suspects in three separate drug-related criminal incidents, according to a press release from the department.

Officers seized more than a pound of marijuana from a residence in the 1100 block of Alma Street during one of the arrests, according to the release.

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Clovis police have received complaints about unsafe practices going on at Ned Houk Park, according to a press release from the department.

Some of these complains involve alcohol use, weapons and unsafe off-road vehicle operation.

Therefore, the police department will be conducting selective enforcement at the park in an attempt to reduce incidents of unsafe activities. That means officers will be at the park from time to time enforcing laws such as off road vehicle registration, DWI, reckless driving, consumption of alcohol in public, weapons laws, helmet laws for riders under 18 and the requirement to wear eye protection when operating a motorcycle.

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The Clovis Police Department has noticed an increase in the number of fraudulent and forged checks, according to a press release. Police are requesting that local businesses closely scrutinize personal checks before accepting them for payment.

The press release states that several checks have been passed with a New Mexico drivers license number printed on the top of the check. When asked for identification, the subjects say they don’t have the ID on them, the release said.

The vast majority of hand written driver’s license numbers have turned out to be fictitious, the release said.

Cops and Courts is compiled by CNJ staff writer David Irvin. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or: